Bond set for trio arrested for robbing College of Charleston students

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three people were locked up Tuesday night after a crime spree in downtown Charleston where police say the trio robbed College of Charleston students.

The Charleston Police Department charged 19-year-old Iris Isabelle Stapen, 21-year-old Christian Phillips Dobson and 19-year-old Tyler Egan Ellis with multiple counts of armed robbery.

On Wednesday night, a judge set bond for Ellis at $300,000 on all charges, Stapen at $150,000, Dobson at $275,000. They were all being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

Stapen is charged with three counts of armed robbery, Dobson is charged with four counts of armed robbery and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and Ellis is charged with four counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Police say the first armed robbery happened around 7:50 p.m.  The victim said she was walking on Coming Street when she was approached from behind by two men, one of whom was armed with a knife. Police say the suspects grabbed the victim's purse and fled the area in a truck.

The second armed robbery happened around 9 p.m. near Vanderhorst Street and Smith Street. The victim said she was walking toward her car that was parked on Smith, when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun. According to the victim, the man snatched her purse from her shoulder and fled the area.

The third armed robbery happened 10 minutes later near Radcliffe Street and Radcliffe Place. According to authorities, both victims were walking near that intersection when they were approached by two men one of whom was armed with a handgun. Police say the suspects robbed the victims of their purse and wallet.

Sgt. Shane LaFromboise initiated a traffic stop near Meeting Street and Columbus Street of a vehicle which its occupants matched the description of the armed robbery suspects.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, the suspects were taken into custody and charged.

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